Solitaire refers to a variety of single player card games using a standard deck of 52 cards. Many of the classic solitaire games played in the United States are actually variations of a game named Klondike. It is a simple game involving strategy, skill, and bit of luck.
What You'll Need:
A standard deck of 52 playing cards. The Jokers will not be used.
A playing surface large enough to lay out the game.
Setting Up The Game
Shuffle through the cards thoroughly. 4-5 times should be sufficient.
Twenty-eight cards are dealt from the deck into seven tableau piles with the number of cards per pile increasing from one to seven from left to right. The top card of each tableau is face up, the rest are face down.
For example, the first pile on the left will consist of a single card face up. The second pile will be two cards one face down and then another face up. The third pile should have two cards face down and one face up. This pattern continues for all seven tableau piles.
You will need to leave room at the top of the playing surface to create four foundations. These foundation piles will be created when an Ace becomes available and will be built upon it in ascending order with cards of the same suit from Ace to King.
The remaining cards are placed in the upper left hand corner and become your draw pile.
Playing the Game
Top cards of the tableau piles and the draw pile are available for play.
Look at the tableaus to see if you have an Ace showing. If so use it to start a foundation.
Move cards from one tableau to another by arranging them in descending order and with alternating colors. For example, move a black 5 onto
a red 6 or a red Queen onto a black King.
When you remove the last face up card from a tableau pile flip over the top face down card making it the new face up card.
Sort through the draw stack when there are no longer cards to play on the tableaus.
Move cards to the foundations as soon as possible.
The game is won when all cards are moved into the 4 foundations.
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